Trophy hunter

Known as a markhor, the large species of goat can be found throughout southern Asia, though their population has been diminishing of late due to deforestation, military activity, and unregulated trophy hunting.

According to reports in Pakistani newspaper Dawn, Harlan said: “It was an easy and close shot and I am pleased to take this trophy.”

The paper also claims that the fee was the highest ever paid for a hunt in the country.

The $110,000 fee Harlan parted with makes him the third American hunter in recent weeks to stump up more than $100,000 in permit fees.

Naturally, feedback on social media has been divided. Though there exist those who have defended Harlan’s right to hunt the animal – hunting markhors is permitted by Pakistani law – there are others who have reacted angrily to the surfacing of a video and photos.

What do you think? Should hunters such as Harlan face criticism for shooting innocent animals?

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